|The Gallery of UKIYO-E --Artists' Profiles--||The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Print|
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|Although unrelated to the Torii family, Kiyonaga
became the fourth titular head of the
school after the sudden death of his
Torii Kiyomitsu. Preserving the traditions
of the school, Kiyonaga continued to
actor prints, theatrical posters and
Kiyonaga's work reached maturity in the 1780's when he produced a series of masterpieces featuring beautiful women in landscape and settings. He was the artist who established the first perfect designs of full-length portraits of bijin (beautiful women), which had an important influence on later bijin-ga (the print of beauties) styles.
Kiyonaga's early compositions are of universally high artistic quality. In his later years, however, he was challenged by the rise of Utamaro, and his work declined in quality. Some consider his work to be rather static because of the lack of variety and the paucity of emotional expression.